NEW DELHI: Prince Harry recently shared the reasons behind his and Meghan Markle‘s decision to relocate to the USA, revealing that they left the UK to protect their “sanity” and physical well-being. The couple stepped down from their royal duties in 2020 and moved to Montecito, California, where they have since opened up about the challenges they faced within the British royal family.
In his memoir “Spare,” Prince Harry explores their motivations for the move, reflecting on a visit to Frogmore Cottage—a place that once symbolized their hopes for a permanent home. He recalled the bittersweet emotions he felt during his return visit after Prince Philip’s funeral.
“How beautiful it all is, I thought. And also how sad. Once upon a time, this was going to be my forever home. Instead, it had proved to be just another brief stop,” Harry wrote, expressing a poignant sense of loss and change.
The couple’s departure from the UK was driven by concerns for their mental and physical safety. Harry highlighted their fears, saying, “When my wife and I fled this place, in fear for our sanity and physical safety, I wasn’t sure when I’d ever come back. That was January 2020. Now, fifteen months later, here I was, days after waking to thirty-two missed calls and then one short, heart-racing talk with Granny: Harry… Grandpa’s gone,” as reported by the UK Mirror.
Since their move to California, Prince Harry has returned to the UK on a few occasions, most recently for events related to the Invictus Games. Meghan Markle, however, has rarely visited the UK since stepping back from royal duties. Her last visit was in 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, where she and Harry attended with their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
Author Omid Scobie, in his book “Endgame,” discusses Meghan’s reluctance to return to the UK. He explains that Meghan “never wants to set foot again in England,” adding that she didn’t want to re-enter the intense scrutiny and drama of the royal court.
Harry and Meghan’s relocation to America was primarily motivated by their desire to prioritize their family’s safety and mental health. They continue to navigate their new life in California, while maintaining occasional connections to the UK.